Opinion

Nobel Prize For Cuba’s Henry Reeves Brigade?

By Tim Louis

The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this coming October 8, 2021. It will be awarded December 10, 2021. One of the nominees is the Henry Reeve Brigade. This organization was the brainchild of the late Cuban Leader, Fidel Castro, in 2005. It sends Cuban doctors to nations around the world in need of medical services.

Since 2005, the Brigade have carried out humanitarian missions in 22 countries, with almost 8,000 medical professionals, treating more than 3.5 million people.

Cuba imageFormer Brazilian President, Lula Da Silva says the following,

“While rich countries export soldiers and drop bombs on poor communities, Cuba, by sending doctors all over the world, exports life, love and health.”

Other notable individuals that are urging the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to give its award this year to the Henry Reeve Brigade are, Danny Glover, Tom Morello, Alice Walker, and Rafael Correa.

In addition to the above individuals, a number of eminent organizations have also strongly put their support behind the Henry Reeve Brigade. One such organization is the Council for Hemispheric Affairs. Here is what they say,

“Since its inception, the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade, sponsored by the government of Cuba, has delivered high quality health care services and medical supplies to hundreds of thousands of underprivileged and underserved populations throughout the world. These services include prevention as well as treatment. Its message is one of human solidarity and peace, building bridges of understanding between different countries, regardless of ideology and cultural background. In that sense, the Henry Reeve Brigade represents the best of international cooperation for the good of humanity.”

One of the first aide efforts by the Henry Reeve Brigade was in 2005 in Pakistan. A major earthquake had just struck this poor nation. Cuba immediately sent hundreds of well-trained doctors together with mobile hospitals. Many of these doctors lived for a considerable period of time in Pakistani mountains providing medical care to citizens that had never set eye on a doctor their entire life.

Today, Cuban doctors are in Africa treating Ebola patients, putting their own lives at great risk.

What I find most incredible is that Cuba has achieved all of the above in spite of the cruel and barbaric American economic blockade. This blockade has made it virtually impossible for the Cuban government to import much needed medical equipment, including respirators desperately needed for Cuba’s covid patients.


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